TLA Welcomes New Executive Board Members

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Texas Library Association Inducts Two New Members
to Executive Board

April 19 – 22, 2016 at the George R. Brown Convention Center

AUSTIN – April 29, 2016 – The Texas Library Association (TLA) officially inducted Ling Hwey Jeng and Janice Newsum to the Association’s Executive Board. The group is responsible for promoting literacy and reading statewide and supports libraries and educational institutions in serving the information needs of Texans. Jeng and Newsum began their three-year terms on Friday, April 22, 2016.

President-Elect Ling Hwey Jeng is the Director of Texas Woman’s University School of Library and Information Studies. Jeng will serve a term of one year as president-elect and will assume the office of TLA president in April 2017. After a year of presidency, that will be followed by a year of duties as past president. With a career that spans three decades, Jeng believes librarians have unique professional skills and competencies, superior research skills, and a deep passion to help communities of all types – school, public, academic.  Her presidential conference will be in Dallas in April 2018.

Representative-at-Large Janice Newsum is a library services specialist at Houston Independent School District.  As Representative-at-Large, Newsum will represent the interests of school libraries to the state community.  Throughout her profession, Newsum has learned how to positively and patiently advocate for libraries, encouraging constituents, legislators, community leaders, and others to be assertive in promoting the value of libraries.

Systems librarian of Texas Christian University of Irving Walter Betts assumed his year-long presidency of the Association on April 22 in Austin at the close of the group’s annual conference. Betts has been a longtime officer of the Association, has served on the TLA Board since 2012, and has been at the core of sustaining a leadership development training for Texas librarians that has served as the model for state groups throughout the country.

TLA examines the practices and coming trends libraries are using to advance education, literacy, and robust digital citizenship. Community engagement and interactive learning are at the center of library services, and libraries are at the forefront of innovative strategies for creating community learning spaces. The Association’s leaders serve as the frontline is strengthening library services for the people of Texas.

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About the Texas Library Association

TLA is the largest state library association in the country with over 7,000 members who work in public, school, academic, and special libraries and who support educational institutions. TLA offers a wide range of services, including advocacy, continuing education, research, and public relations. To learn more about TLA, visit TLA’s website or call 512-328-1518.


Sara Ortiz,
Communications & Marketing Specialist

Created on Apr 29, 2016 | Last updated April 29, 2016


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